Man Utd legend Gary Neville saved Mother's Day for my mum with amazing gesture as she struggled to walk to restaurant | The Sun

GARY NEVILLE saved Mother's Day for a family of Manchester United fans after he spotted one mum struggling to walk to a restaurant.

The Red Devils legend is known for his brilliant football career and his entertaining punditry in the TV studios but saved his best work for life away from the pitch.

Ann Knowles, 67, had left her wheelchair at home thinking that her family would be able to park right outside steak restaurant Fazenda in Manchester on Mother's Day.

But they discovered that all the spaces were taken when they arrived.

So the 67-year-old began the difficult, eight minute journey with the help of her husband Phil, 69, and granddaughter Jess Ward, 19 and her partner Kian Kempshall, 19.

But on their way to meet more family members at the restaurant, Jess called mum Samantha in tears as they were considering turning back with an exhausted Ann.


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But then Neville "appeared out of nowhere" and even carried the retired dinner lady and into the passenger seat of his Land Rover Discovery.

He then whisked Anne and hubby Phil off to the restaurant.

Mum-of-three Samantha couldn't believe it when she was told that her mum would be dropped off at the restaurant by Neville.

She said: "Mum was exhausted because they'd been walking for ages and then out of nowhere there was Gary Neville who said he could see they needed help and he couldn't leave her.

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Ann, who struggles to walk, left her wheelchair behind not knowing that a long walk was ahead of herCredit: Kennedy News
'Oh, hiya Gary' Phil said casually as he and his wife climbed into Neville's carCredit: Kennedy News

"He physically picked my mum up, her whole body weight in the passenger seat.

"My dad said 'oh, hiya Gary' and got in the car and he drove her to the restaurant.

"Jess rang and said 'its ok, Gary Neville has picked her up'. I couldn't believe it, it felt like I was in a dream.

"The boys are massive United fans so they went legging it through the restaurant. We said to the waiter that we'd be back in a minute, Gary Neville had come to drop my mum off and they looked at us like we'd gone mad, they probably thought we were doing a runner.

"I told him he'd done a good deed for the day, that he was amazing and he's saved Mother's Day for my mum.

"He was lovely, he said he could see she needed help and he couldn't leave her. He came at the exact time she needed him."

The family, who are all big United fans, managed to get a few snaps with Neville before he set off back on his journey.

The day would get even better for them later as the Red Devils booked a spot at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final after overcoming Fulham in a heated game at Old Trafford.

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